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   Vol. 19 No. 40
Saturday May 16, 2020
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Turkish Cargo Heroes

     Sources tell us that in Istanbul, Turkish Cargo people are operating from home, as most citizens of the City on the Bosporus remain sheltered in place.
     Of course operations people are working in the warehouse and on the ramp filling up scores of empty aircraft and freighters servicing cargo destinations worldwide.
     Right now at Turkish Airlines, passenger travel is limited to Turkish nationals returning home, as well as similar charters moving foreign nationals back to their homeland.
     Freighter schedules are being maintained to published destinations.
     “Demand in air cargo is overwhelming so we are adding additional frequencies of passenger planes as cargo, as well as charters,” a source told FlyingTypers.
     “But not all cargo is being accepted. As example, AVI (live animals) cargo that ordinarily are carried as cargo are currently under new operational restrictions.
     “We are moving animals but our cargo teams are observing new rules for live animals during the pandemic.
     “Hats off to our operations employees who are working long hours to keep the wings of commerce moving,” the source declared.
     “Turkish Cargo has legions of ordinary people who are heroes and earn their wings by helping others every day.”

The Lady Eve     Picture for a Sunday afternoon

     So, there you are with a library of films, including some favorites that may or may not have hit your home screen during this pandemic lockdown.
     Last month in a weekend edition we listed some aviation-themed film favorites.
     This week we want to share the movies of a person you probably don’t know, but should.
     If you can get into the movies of Preston Sturges, they will make you laugh.
     Laughter is a gift that all of us could use right now, so suspend disbelief and call this Christmas in early May.
     “Preston Sturges brought a high style to low comedy,” said The New Yorker in 1998, and that might be the best description of this pioneering 1940s script writer-turned-movie director.
     Film buffs have also made the comparison that “Sturges is to comedy what John Ford is to western movies.”
     Here is a real—albeit uncommon outside a certain circle—genius of the movies.
     Before Woody Allen and Frank Capra, in 1940 Preston Sturges put out a film titled The Great McGinty with the screen credit “Written and Directed by Preston Sturges!”
     That credit line was the first time in the history of talking motion pictures that the passive verb had appeared onscreen.
     From 1940 until 1948, Sturges directed eleven features. In just the first five years he created seven immortal movies including The Great McGinty and Christmas in July (1940), The Lady Eve (1941), Sullivan’s Travels (1941), The Palm Beach Story (1942), and The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero (1944).
     Perhaps I have a particular fondness for movies that were made the year I was born, but you probably also liked this film without realizing who made it. Here is an introduction to the work of Preston Sturges via The Lady Eve from 1941.

Trailers for the films below:
The Lady Eve   
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Eve was lauded as the “best movie” of 1941 by the New York Times.
     No small accolade, as 1941 included the movies Citizen Kane and How Green Was My Valley, two films that today are widely regarded as among the best movies ever made.
     The Lady Eve stars Henry Fonda in a rare comedic turn as Charles, a somewhat bewildered millionaire who fears women and collects snakes.
     The snakes remind us of the garden of Eden, and the movie twists and turns to serve up the lady Eve as a similar metaphor.
     On board a ship, Jean (Barbara Stanwyck), a hustler, looks to hook up with Charles to get his attention and his cash.
     The joke here is that Jean finds herself falling for her mark.
     But Charles discovers her true calling and rejects her.
     Later, she makes another run at Charles, disguised as an English aristocrat named Eve (of course) and humiliates him. Then, after another identity switch, she has no other option but to fall for him all over again.
     Does it sound muddled, not to say harebrained? Well, guess what? Despite all the twists and turns, The Lady Eve is a model of clarity.

     “What The Lady Eve happens to clarify,” wrote film critic Anthony Lane, in a brilliant profile of Sturges published in The New Yorker in 1998, “is that people are liable to mislay their hearts as easily as their wallets, and—just in case you are tempted to construe such a loss as romantic—that both can be swiftly retrieved.”
     What sets Sturges movies apart is the dialogue.
     “Often a bewildering balance: on the one hand, a chin-up, all-American assumption that dreams are right there within reach, like apples; on the other, a slightly alien cynicism toward such rosiness, and a heavy hint that the fruit, once tasted, may prove not to have been worth the plucking.
     “By comparison Frank Capra comedies from the same era like It’s a Wonderful Life dwell on the gentle irony that the perfection you seek may have been sitting in your own home all along—and that, Sturges would contend, is the problem with perfection,” Lane contends.
     Preston Sturges movies were screwball comedies.
     Just note how many times Fonda takes a pratfall during this film.
     From the moment he enters the movie, stepping off a motor launch onto the ship where Stanwick, standing above him on the rail, drops an apple on his head, “the Sturges magic is a bracing tonic against the sentimental.”
     During the 1940s, seven of the eleven movies Preston Sturges made were huge hits.
     But then Sturges stopped making movies. Some people who know about these things, like film historian Peter Bogdanovich (who directed the all-time classic comedy Paper Moon) have indicated that Sturges may have just burned himself out.
     Film critic Andrew Sarris said of Sturges:
     “Most screen writers could write for five or even six people, Sturges could write good lines for 25 people in a picture.
     “The variety contrasting of characters was always extraordinary so that maybe the 14th person in a scene, someone you never heard of, would deliver the funniest line.
     “He had a sense of otherness, as no other comic director or writer (before or since) in Hollywood has ever had.”
     “Modern viewers, unschooled in the lean lessons of the 1930s Depression, are more wary of Preston Sturges’ knowledgeable comedy, as if it cuts too close to the bone,” Anthony Lane noted.
     But now all of us in almost every corner of the world are locked down in place at home by a terrible depression of our way of life, not to mention of our jobs and livelihood. Sturges films might be just the ticket, methinks, an edge as we come back from the brink, to exhale and laugh as we move forward to the future.
     So, buckle up and if you cannot make our link here work, my hope is that you will go watch The Lady Eve on Amazon streaming, or Google around to find some Preston Sturges offerings.

Dick Haymes Playlist

Dick Haymes     Dick Haymes who was in top form during the same time the immortal Preston Sturges movies were released, was the great baritone “Mohair Sam” of his era: a top 40 musical boy singer hit machine from another time.
     Although Dick didn’t work with Preston, his cinema performance in the musical “State Fair” as well as his reading of “How Are Things in Glocca Morra” from Finian’s Rainbow are timeless.
     Dick never lost his voice and continued to perform right up to his passing in 1980.
     Not sure if they have the words “Easy Listening” in your Webster’s Dictionary, but if they do the name Dick Haymes delivers the meaning of those words perfectly.
     His music is simply superb, and we are so thankful to Mike Kelly at United Cargo for these moments recalled.

Michael Kelly and Geoffrey Arend

Hi Geoffrey,

     I hope you and Sabiha are both keeping well and staying sane! With the denizens of your Big Apple and my Windy City told to go home and stay there, now’s a perfect time to celebrate, or in this case commemorate, mankind’s premier artistic achievements. In that spirit, I note that the best pop ballad singer in recorded history passed away 40 years ago this Spring: Dick Haymes died of lung cancer at age 61 on March 28, 1980.
     The playlist features 10 tunes that prove what I said is not hyperbole. The first four are from Dick’s mid-40s reign leading the Hit Parade, the next two (with Helen Forrest) are from the finest series of male-female duets in history, and the final four come from the greatest ballad LP ever released: 1955’s Rain or Shine on Capitol.
     As sublime as Dick’s voice was, however, his personal life can only be described as a tragic mess. If he had brought a tenth of the discernment and control he demonstrated in his singing to the rest of existence . . . who knows?
     But he didn’t, so there were a lot of unkind words written about Dick Haymes while he lived. Forty years after his passing, I hope your readers will listen and learn that the words used above are a more accurate description of his legacy: words like “best,” “finest” and “greatest.”

Warm regards,
Mike Kelly

Chuckles for May 16, 2020

Disney Shanghai Back In Business
Face & Music of America In China . . . Joe Schott, center, president and general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, speaks alongside Mickey and Minnie Mouse during the reopening ceremony in Shanghai, China, on May 11, 2020. Visits are limited and must be booked in advance, and the company said it will increase cleaning and require social distancing in lines for the various attractions. To view click here.

  One bright spot in the reopened Chinese factories is the middle class in China. Having had their fill of sorrow and death, the middle class has elected cars as the mode of travel that avoids public transport and maintains social distancing.
  Volkswagen said that sales of passenger cars are up in China, where it has extensive operations, as compared to last year.
  Much admired Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke to the U.S. Senate in Washington this week and warned that the virus is still with us and could come back.
  For many in the U.S., the good doctor’s words are an inconvenient truth.
  But moving ahead, even with amusement parks cautiously opening in China, the U.S. and many other places in our global community need to be aware of the dangers and hope for some luck to avoid COVID-19. We are all praying for a cure or at least some kind of deliverance from the global pandemic.

Escape From Shelter In Place
Shakespeare For Squirrels

In a new book just out this week “Shakespeare For Squirrels” meets Dashiell Hammett in a fun and entertaining murder mystery from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore.
  The book is an uproarious, hardboiled take on the Bard’s most performed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring Pocket, the hero of Fool and The Serpent of Venice, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.
  With too many suspects and too little time, Pocket must work his own kind of magic to find the truth, save his neck, and ensure that all ends well.
  A tale of love, magic, madness, and murder, Shakespeare for Squirrels is a Midsummer Night’s noir—a wicked and brilliantly funny good time conjured by the singular imagination of Christopher Moore
Published by Harper Collins. For more click here.

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